International Herald Tribune.

I read the International Herald Tribune while I lived abroad and continued reading it online once I was back in the States. Then the Times bought it and it became more and more irrelevant (adding more and more limited access Times stories to their front page) until I realized I just wasn’t reading it anymore and removed the shortcut from my bookmarks.

I am sorry to hear that it is gone, but it has been gone a good long while already.


26 February 2013 at 09:14 Leave a comment

TS Eliot prize

I find it of interest that a prize named after such an … academic poet would be awarded for such personal poetry that the author sometimes regrets her choices. Not surprising. Just interesting. It seems that most things get turned on their heads.

Still, Sharon Olds took her chances and has this as a reward.

26 January 2013 at 08:42 Leave a comment

Representative libraries of men.

Representative men

Representative men

22 December 2012 at 16:18 Leave a comment

precious all-caps…

3 October 2012 at 14:43 Leave a comment

tools of writing

“A history teacher got more granular. He pointed out that the students’ sentences were short and disjointed. What words, Scharff asked, did kids who wrote solid paragraphs use that the poor writers didn’t? Good essay writers, the history teacher noted, used coordinating conjunctions to link and expand on simple ideas—words like for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. Another teacher devised a quick quiz that required students to use those conjunctions. To the astonishment of the staff, she reported that a sizable group of students could not use those simple words effectively. The harder they looked, the teachers began to realize, the harder it was to determine whether the students were smart or not—the tools they had to express their thoughts were so limited that such a judgment was nearly impossible.”

1 October 2012 at 08:53 Leave a comment


8 September 2012 at 12:53 Leave a comment

Eschew surplusage.

6 September 2012 at 12:44 Leave a comment

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 5 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 5 years ago

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I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.



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